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First Blood Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 2000
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Millions saw the Rambo movies, but those who haven't read the book that started it all are in for a surprise -- a critically acclaimed story of character, action, and compassion.
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You are a law abiding citizen. You love your country, you fought for your country, and you've KILLED for your country. You are a trained killing machine, a weapon of mass destruction, sprung tight and ready to go off with provocation and provoke you they do. In town after town you have been rousted, not because of anything you've done but because of your scruffy appearance.
John Rambo is passing through Madison, Kentucky and decides to get a hamburger but as usual it's not that simple. Chief of Police, Wilfred Teasle has other ideas. He doesn't want any riffraff in his town so he picks the kid up and drives him to the edge of town, He wasn't particularly nasty about it, in fact he tried to be pleasant, determined but pleasant, but he wasn't so pleasant later when he found the kid in the local diner. He told the waitress to put the kid's order in a bag and hustled him back out of town. By now Teasle was very annoyed, so he went and parked on a side street and kept watch to make sure the kid did not walk back into town.
For his part the kid (Rambo) had reached his limit. If someone was going to push him, he was going to push back. He was determined to go back and confront the Chief and make him back down but of course Teasle had other ideas. He arrested the kid, took him to jail, hosed him down and started to give him a haircut and a shave.
Now, Rambo was an escaped POW.Read more ›
John Rambo, a vagant war veteran, is mistreated by a bunch of redneck cops in a small town in the US. Submitted to humiliation and torture, and being traumatized by the months (years?) he spent under torture by the vietnamese, the ex-green beret and war hero loses control, explodes in fury and hatred and fights back, starting a killing spree.
He hides in the woods, builds traps, he uses the elements of the nature against his pursuiters.
The climax hits when both him and his enemies are thrown in the woods, his element, were they have to play by his rules, and the animal within each one of them takes control.
Then, violence erupts.
The novel is very real and down-to-earth. It is quite different from the movie. It is not heroic at all. It is about being different and being thrown aside, it is about the indiference, hate and coldness that the United States gave to their war veterans. It is about intolerance and fear. It is about how the government destroyed the sanity of some kids to build killing machines out of them, and sent those killing machines to southeast Asia to a war they could not understand, didn't want to and, mainly, didn't HAVE to. To kill better.
It is about how, when those kids came back home confused and tortured by the atrocities they had seen/commited, their country threw them in the gutter, pretending that they weren't there. Disposable heroes.Read more ›
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really excellent book grew up watching the movies and the book didnt let me downPublished 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great book, read it! I read this book back in high school BEFORE PTSD was commonly recognized. Having read it recently, it makes that much more of an impact. Fast reading too.Published 2 months ago by Chris
Item description was spot on. Shipping was slightly slow but still an overall great deal and easy transaction.Published 2 months ago by Kimbery E. Striebel
I rated this book 5 stars because I think that's what it deserves. It's a thrilling story about to people and there fight of pride. Read morePublished 3 months ago by great game
Wow! I liked the movie in an 80s action sort of way but the book is so much deeper and serious. Incredible reading with lots of action and emotion.Published 4 months ago by Marlin McElwain
Read the book years after seeing the movie...totally different perspective on who to root for. I found myself definitely more connected with Chief Teasle. Read morePublished 5 months ago by zombie320
Wow. this surprised me that this book was this good. Just a really really great fast-paced book that doesn't take sides. Loved it. So surprised.Published 5 months ago by Ian